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COMMENTARY: The secret to longevity is that there might not be one — beyond good genes

COMMENTARY: The secret to longevity is that there might not be one — beyond good genes

Experts on aging can’t agree on whether it is good genes or merely good luck that are the real determinants in the significant issue of who gets to enjoy a very long life. Some say it’s not the cards you’re dealt, but it’s how you play.
COMMENTARY: Awash with crossover artists, jazz fests not all they're jazzed up to be

COMMENTARY: Awash with crossover artists, jazz fests not all they're jazzed up to be

"This continued publicizing by programmers of unjazzy music to attract crossover audiences for ticket-selling jazz festivals is tantamount to misleading advertising. Just change your name to the Halifax Music Festival, or the Montreal International Music Festival, and be done with it," argues Michael Lightstone.
OPINION: Time to get serious about the BIG idea to end poverty

OPINION: Time to get serious about the BIG idea to end poverty

A basic income guarantee would ensure every Canadian has money to meet basic needs for food, shelter, heat and clothing — and it would ensure better health.
ALEX HANDYSIDE: A common antibiotic with uncommon side-effects — is it worth the risk?

ALEX HANDYSIDE: A common antibiotic with uncommon side-effects — is it worth the risk?

In February, Health Canada issued a safety review about a common antibiotic called fluoroquinolone, which is frequently prescribed for respiratory (i.e. bronchitis and sinusitis) and urinary tract infections. Seniors, in particular, are vulnerable.
OPINION: The benefits of being boring — an American adjusts his set while watching Nova Scotia election

OPINION: The benefits of being boring — an American adjusts his set while watching Nova Scotia election

Canadian politics is paradoxically fluid and stable. Liberals can be neo-liberals like McNeil or punch from the left when needed, like Trudeau, and no one bats an eye. The NDP can give an optimistic and inclusive slogan, while at the same time seemingly pining for a return to the good old days. And Conservatives can choose to be progressive, conservative, or both at any given moment.
OPINION: Baby steps toward making democracy more participatory for youth

OPINION: Baby steps toward making democracy more participatory for youth

We keep hearing that one of the economic problems facing Nova Scotia is that youth are deserting the province, looking westward for jobs and opportunities. If that is the case, shouldn’t governments try harder to engage young people, the province’s future, in the political process so as to ensure their opinions matter and their concerns are heard by those in power?
OPINION: Who’d rack up the most debt? Well, it’s not the NDP

OPINION: Who’d rack up the most debt? Well, it’s not the NDP

The irony in our election is that it is the Liberals and the Conservatives whose additions to spending and taxation plans will add the most to the problem of managing Nova Scotia’s provincial debt, even if it is the NDP that is promising to spend the most on Nova Scotia’s human capital.
OFF SCRIPT: If you lost your cool, would you be blamed, charged or protected?

OFF SCRIPT: If you lost your cool, would you be blamed, charged or protected?

In May of 2013 — four years ago this month — then-NDP MLA Percy Paris was arrested for assaulting Keith Colwell, a Liberal opposition MLA. The question of whether Paris ‘hit’ or ‘touched’ Colwell is hardly the most important question here.
OFF SCRIPT: Percy Paris and the pressures of being the only black MLA

OFF SCRIPT: Percy Paris and the pressures of being the only black MLA

‘Here I was, the only African-Nova Scotian in the House and I’d be asking questions to the minister of African Nova Scotian affairs, who was white,’ recalls Percy Paris.
COMMENTARY: Gen X kitchens are missing something — a cook

COMMENTARY: Gen X kitchens are missing something — a cook

Generation Xers grew up in an era when food was functional and boring. As a result, many don't cook and have little interest in the culinary culture.